There were two things which led me to believe, that the America I had fought for, and bled for, had been lost. The first was when the Supreme Court began to base their rulings on politics, rather than the Constitution. This began, at least noticeably by me, during the Reagan years. Nancy, decked out in her red ruby slippers, waving the "Just Say No" flag, began the national hysteria over drugs. That turned the 'drug czar' (dung czar in my opinion) and his ilk, loose. They blew huge gaps in the bill of rights. The 'asset forfeiture law' is the most glaring, and nauseating example. The SC just went along for the ride. Little did they know that Asset Forfeiture would be used in 2007 to threaten anti-war protestors. Or, did they suspect and not care? The second issue was the near collapse of the Fourth Estate. If anyone is unfamiliar with the term, it is the press (media by current reference), and I include a Wiki-Wiki link if you want to learn more about the term. I was a Poli Sci during Watergate. The dogged pursuit by the press to expose the conspiracy led me to believe that the same level of mission and professionalism, was a monolith of virtue, which would always be our last-resort safety-net. Yet, when it has really counted, it let us down. The link I am attaching here, is an article of the more sinister consequences of losing our freedom and Constitutional rights. I speak to everyone out there, regardless of political persuasion. Remember, "The freedom within a society is only as strong as the freedom for its' most unprotected group". And to me, that even means traitors, saboteurs, terrorists, seditionists, ... everyone deserves a fair trail, based on the same principles and rights as anyone else. If we cannot do that, let's quit pretending and face the truth; we are not the people we hoped we were.